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Posts by Matt Cassidy

Meet Eliza Greenman, Innovative Orchardist

Millennial Eliza Greenman made a decision to veer from the status quo and return to the land. She describes herself as an orchardist, fruit explorer and farm activist. Greenman has focused her attention on food-producing trees and began with pruning neglected apple trees in Maine. Currently, she is taking care of an orchard in Loudon County,…

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Coming Soon to Wisconsin: Restoration Cider Co.

Since 2013, 37-year-old veteran Paul Asper and his wife Lissa Koop have operated Restoration Cider in Madison, Wisconsin. Balancing professional careers as well as all operations at the cidery, the couple states their mission as fermenting high-quality dry, crisp cider that drinks more like a white wine than the usual sweet, mass-produced ciders that saturate the market. Restoration…

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Attention Cider Makers—Score Exclusive Yeast from the Vault

Are you interested in making cider at home? DrinkingCider.com suggests looking into new yeast options from White Labs Yeast Vault. The operation works on a pre-ordering system that needs 250 pre-orders for each strain of yeast before White Labs will release it. Some interesting yeasts to mull over include WLP616 Funky Cider Blend, WLP773 Scottish Cider Blend and WLP603 Torolaspora delbrueckii.…

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Don’t Miss Artifact Cider Project Open House (Jan. 16)

Are you looking to sip some cider this weekend? If so, you’re going to want to make a stop at the Artifact Cider Project tomorrow, Saturday, January 16. From noon–4 p.m., visit the Artifact Cider facility in Springfield, Massachusetts, to taste cider, buy some cool swag and hang out at an Open House event. Artifact will have…

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Bold Rock Hard Cider Unveils New Packaging and Bottle Design

Bold Rock Hard Cider has unveiled the new packaging and bottle design for its full lineup of award-winning hard cider styles. The refreshed look comes as Bold Rock enters its fourth year making craft cider with apples locally picked in the Blue Ridge Mountains and continues to expand its reach throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.…

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Sarsaparilla Vanilla Now a Staple in Sonoma Cider’s Repertoire

Sonoma Cider, the 2015 Cider Producer of the Year at the New York International Beer Competition, is adding a fourth flavor, The Washboard, to its core line-up. The release date is slated for Monday, January 25. The Washboard features the sophisticated flavor of imported Indian sarsaparilla blended with the crisp, tart juice of organic Pacific Northwest apples and…

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It’s Official: Hard Cider Definition Has Been Altered

Last December, we reported that the CIDER Act had passed, paving the way to expand the realm for production creativity and not pigeonhole producers into keeping within the up-to-7% alcohol by volume (ABV) limit. The CIDER Act has now gone into effect, so let’s try to understand what the change in verbiage has done. The law passed by Congress has…

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Looking to Grow Your Cider Business? Sign Up for These 3 Workshops

Looking to grow your cider business? Whether you’re a seasoned cider maker or new to the industry, you can certainly benefit from the wealth of knowledge presented in Penn State Extension’s upcoming hard cider workshops and tour. Pick one that best fits your interests, or attend all three sessions. Each one features different researchers, cider makers and…

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First Cider Bar Coming to Chicago, to Feature More Than 100 Ciders

Chicago’s first cider bar, The Northman, plans to open next month with more than 100 varieties on draft, firkin, can and bottle. The Northman’s been dubbed the city’s first “bistro-pub dedicated to cider (the hard kind) and the foods it’s best consumed with” by Chicago magazine. Ownership includes the folks behind Fountainhead and The Bar on Buena and local…

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Shelton Brothers Importer Expands Portfolio to Include Growing Craft Cider Supply

Shelton Brothers—best known as an importer of distinctive European beers—also has a growing cider portfolio. In their latest newsletter, Shelton Brothers featured new cider offerings from Finnegan Cider in Oregon, Les Vergers de la Colline in Quebec and Carr’s Ciderhouse in Massachusetts. From Finnegan Cider, you can purchase both their Dry and Harvest Blend, available in…

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